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Green Architecture: Student Designs for Low-Income, Sustainable Housing

Green Architecture: Student Designs for Low-Income, Sustainable Housing | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

It’s hard for homes to be green. Despite long-term energy savings, it’s even harder for low-income homes to afford upfront costs of some sustainable materials. But ecological design doesn’t have to mean more “green” from your wallet. In fact, using recycled and sustainable material, as one local project has shown, can be both economically viable and environmentally friendly.

The San Antonio Alternative Housing Corporation (SAAHC) is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services for low and moderate income communities in the central Texas area.  When they construct new housing units, they want to minimize up-front construction costs as well as long-term operational expenses.  They were open to exploring alternate construction techniques, but wanted an opportunity to test the viability of these options.

As it happened, Taeg Nishimoto, Associate Dean of the UTSA College of Architecture, had been working for several years to develop a program that would give architecture students experience throughout the entire process of realizing a project from conception through construction...

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Immotopic's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:22 AM

Futur is green architecture.

Fabián Salazar Bazúa's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:04 PM

Una forma diferente de construir, pero sin quitarle la efectividad y creatividad.

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Not Just For Farms: Corrugated Steel Is the Standard in Iceland For New & Old Buildings

Not Just For Farms: Corrugated Steel Is the Standard in Iceland For New & Old Buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Most of Iceland's buildings appear to be clad in this basic industrial material, and it is amazing what they have done with it.

Corrugated iron and steel are the most prosaic of building materials, used in North America mostly for industrial purposes, although a few modernist architects have played with the stuff. Invented in 1828, it was used in the earliest prefabs, shipped from Britain around the world, but fell out of fashion as local building industries developed.

In Iceland, corrugated galvanized iron arrived in the 1860s; architect Pall Bjarnason says that it is a wonderful material for such a harsh climate, and that with very little maintenance it can last forever...

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Empire State Building goes green in more ways than one

Empire State Building goes green in more ways than one | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The Empire State Building is going green in more ways than one.


The Empire State Building was never intended to be low-impact. It was built as a symbol of the power of New York--and today, it's a surprising case study in the power of efficiency. A series of cost-effective, energy-efficient retrofits have dramatically reduced energy waste in the Empire State Building, saving $2.4 million in operating costs in the first year alone. In the next few years, when the project is complete, the building is expected to reduce its energy use by nearly 40 percent--and save about $4.4 million each year...

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Small sustainable design on North Stradbroke Island

Small sustainable design on North Stradbroke Island | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The architecture of these detached holiday retreats on North Stradbroke Island encapsulates a recent trend towards small, sustainable house design. Paul Butterworth Architect designed the homes in response to a brief requiring cost-effective, versatile design that was carefully tuned to the Stradbroke climate and lifestyle.

Designed to accommodate both large gatherings or an intimate couples retreat, central decks form the core of both dwellings, with the compact interiors opening up to and borrowing from the outdoor deck spaces. The building form, materials and colours were chosen to dissolve into the natural hues, shadows and textures of the bush surrounds...

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